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Friday, June 19 • 9:30am - 10:15am
CON11.07 - Guiding students with extra feedback

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Research shows that students tend to be overly optimistic about their learning, with the weakest students over-estimating their progress the most (Kruger & Dunning, 1999). This can hinder students’ academic success, as they have no reason to change their behavior if they believe they are already doing well. As instructors, we can mitigate this tendency by providing students with extra feedback, beyond the marks and comments they traditionally receive. This session will begin by describing several forms of supplementary feedback that could be useful in your courses. One simple approach is to provide students with realistic practice exams, and then discuss the rationale behind each answer (Strasser, 2003). Another method asks students to keep journals in which they reflect on their learning successes and difficulties (Pavlovich, Collins and Jones, 2009). Technology can also facilitate extra feedback. Purdue University’s “Signals” system displays color-coded “dashboards” on students’ cell phones to remind them whether they are following good study habits in each course (Pistilli & Arnold, 2010). Experiments at Brock University give students forward-looking guidance by forecasting their end-of-course grades while the course is still underway (Armstrong, 2013). We will then open the floor for discussion. What do you think of these extra feedback tools? Which ones would likely work, or not, in your own classes? What feedback techniques have you used or considered, and what success have you had?

Armstrong, M.J. (2013). A preliminary study of grade forecasting for students. Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 11 (2), 193-210.

Pavlovich, K., Collins, E., & Jones, G. (2009). Developing students' skills in reflective practice: design and assessment. Journal of Management Education, 33 (1), 37-58.

Pistilli, M.D., & Arnold, K.E. (2010). Purdue signals: mining real-time academic data to enhance student success. About Campus: Enriching the student learning experience, 15 (3), 22-24.

Strasser, S.E. (2003). Will this be on the exam? or, How to get students to study more. Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 1 (1), 155-158.

Friday June 19, 2015 9:30am - 10:15am PDT
Chairman Room

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